Horticulture & Gardening

California Native Plant Landscape Certification Program – July Cohort

Alejandro Lemus
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Elings Park, and Zoom
July 8, 2024 -
August 1, 2024
4:00PM - 7:00PM

The California Native Plant Landscaper Certificate (CNPLC) is a hybrid hands-on and online learning program for vocational training designed for working and aspiring landscape professionals. Developed by experts in the field of native plant horticulture, it will give you the tools you need to successfully manage native plants and California-friendly landscapes. The curriculum includes instruction on plant ID, soils, irrigation, weeding and integrated pest management, pruning, and garden assessment.

This program is from July 8, through August 1, 2024 (four weeks) including 19 hours of instruction.

Class Dates and Times:

Classes will be held in-person at the Garden on these dates and will meet in the Blaksley Library:

Monday, July 8, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 11, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 18, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Monday, July 29, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 1, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Class will meet in-person at Elings Park this date:

Thursday, July 25, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Click here for more information on Elings Park.

Classes will be held online via Zoom on these dates:

Monday, July 15, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Monday, July 22, 5:00-7:00 p.m.


$325 per person. Includes the costs for a set of Native Plants for Southern California Gardens flashcards and the CNPLC student handbook.

About the instructor:

Alejandro Lemus was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has experience working in habitat restoration, horticulture and education. As the Garden’s Horticultural Educator, Alejandro develops and implements horticulture programming for professional landscapers and residential gardeners. Having spent many years working in propagation and retail nurseries, Alejandro is passionate about growing native plants for conservation and informing the public of the benefits and beauty of habitat gardening.


If you have questions about the content of the program, please contact Alejandro Lemus at alemus@sbbotanicgarden.org or 805-682-4726, ext. 179. If you need assistance with the registration process for the program, please contact Deborah Lupo at dlupo@sbbotanicgarden.org or 805-682-4726, ext. 102.

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